(13WHAM-TV) - One of the next big tasks for U.S. lawmakers is the debt ceiling.
The U.S. has reached its legal borrowing limit of $16 trillion.
The treasury department is taking measures to buy time until the end of February. They include: suspending some investments in benefit funds for federal workers.
But after that, the treasury will not be able to pay all of the country's bills in full and on time.